“The Village that Died for England”

Tyneham is a ghost village in south Dorset, England. The village was temporarily commandeered just before Christmas 1943 by the War Office for use as firing ranges for training troops. 252 people were displaced, the last person leaving a notice on the church door:

“Please treat the church and houses with care; we have given up our homes where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village kindly.”

In 1948 the village was compulsorily purchased by the War Office and the villagers never returned.


All pictures by Ken.
Title taken from The Village that Died For England by Patrick Wright.